In the recent surge of suspense and crime thriller releases, “Atharva” stands as the latest crime investigation drama captivating the Telugu box office, revolving around the Clues team.
Directed by Mahesh Reddy, the film features Karthik Raju, Simran Chaudhary, and Ayraa Jain in leading roles. Subhash Nutalapati, under Peggo Entertainments, produces the film. Scheduled to hit screens on December 1, the premieres have already generated substantial talk.
The narrative follows Karna (Karthik Raju), an aspiring investigator with a passion for solving murder mysteries. Despite dreams of joining the police force, his asthma condition hinders him. Encouraged by friends, he applies for a detective position in the Clues team, where he swiftly unravels a theft case with his intellect. When confronted by his college friend Nitya (Simran Choudhary), a crime reporter, Karna grapples with expressing his feelings. The plot takes a twist with the tragic shooting of Nitya’s friend Joshni (Ayraa) and her boyfriend Shiva. The police hastily conclude that Shiva is the culprit, closing the case due to lack of evidence. Unconvinced, Nitya urges Karna to uncover the truth. The film explores the backgrounds of Joshni and Shiva, unraveling the mystery of their murders.
Karthik Raju’s portrayal as a Clues team investigator leaves a lasting impression, skillfully navigating a spectrum of emotions. Simran Chaudhary’s talent is underutilized, while Ayra as film star Joshni delivers a commendable performance. The supporting cast manages to maintain a reasonable presence.
Fast Paced Screenplay
Parts In Second Half
Directed by Mahesh Reddy, “Atharva” commendably navigates the crime investigation narrative, distinguishing itself by emphasizing the investigative efforts of a Clues team officer in the absence of conventional leads.
While crime suspense thrillers often lose their allure upon repeat viewings, “Atharva” successfully maintains intrigue. Despite inherent flaws, the film effectively sustains its momentum. The initial pace of the first half is gradual, laying the groundwork for the plot and building tension around a robbery case. The murder of heroine Joshni injects a captivating twist before the interval, heightening overall viewer curiosity.
Director Mahesh Reddy’s narrative choices in specific scenes could benefit from a less explicit approach. “Atharva” introduces elements like protagonist Karna employing Sodium Pentothal on a suspect, leading to a questionable resolution by his superior, Sarah Varghese (Kalpika Ganesh). This dynamic ventures into an overly dramatic territory for a crime thriller.
The narrative also delves into a somewhat preachy episode on shell gas extraction, disrupting the overall flow. While the commencement of the second half may appear sluggish, the film rebounds with intensified momentum, particularly in the pre-climax and climax sequences. The screenplay sustains a rapid pace and introduces unexpected twists. In the concluding scenes, the narrative skillfully merges previously witnessed elements, building anticipation for the sequel, “Atharva 2.” Director Mahesh Reddy leaves a positive impact on the audience, reminiscent of the reception to Viswak Sen’s “Hit: The First Case.”
From a technical perspective, “Atharva” achieves commendable results. The KCPD song in the first half provides entertainment, and Charan Madhavanei’s cinematography adeptly captures the film’s mood. Sri Charan Pakala’s songs are enjoyable, but the background score emerges as the standout feature. The editor’s sharp and crisp cuts, particularly noticeable in the second half, contribute to the film’s overall impact.
Despite its shortcomings, “Atharva” manages a strong start, later propelled by a fast-paced screenplay and an unpredictable climax. The film fares well overall, overcoming a few exaggerated sequences.
Bottom-line: Fast Paced Intriguing Thriller